Lekker E-Amsterdam 2nd Gen Commuter eBike - First Impressions

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Still waiting for my bike
I have to agree about the wait.
I flew from Perth to Melbourne for work and took an uber to the Lekker Melbourne shop which was great.
I took a 2nd gen for a ride, again awesome.
I asked how long till the special runs out, they mentioned in about 2 weeks from now (just waiting for the next shipment).
So I ordered 1 when I returned to Perth- with long range battery and belt drive.
Next I had a call to say there is a wait for the belt drive and if I change to chain drive instead of waiting 2 weeks.
I say no I'll wait.
Now it's been 5 weeks and is due to arrive this week however the long range battery won't be available for 4 or so weeks.
Doesn't make sense.
I feel that they are pre-selling bikes that they don't have.
Not happy
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A year later ...
@Troy - Covid put the brakes on a lot of my commuting, but I have done about 600kms on my Lekker now, and I can honestly say it is the biggest dud of a bike I have ever bought. The battery constantly loses charge (I'd estimate 25% per week) even when turned off, I have had multiple occasions (particularly going up steep hills) where the battery has gone from showing 50%-75% charged to just overloading and turning off, and then when you restart it showing it has next to no charge, the internal hub and power just don't work well together at all ... I just look at all the other electric bikes out there, and think no. Never Lekker, never again.

The only caveats I might put on that are (1) if you live near a Lekker shop so you can get support, maybe you'd be OK (I found their support to be terrible but I'm from a different state) and (2) I have now put a set of front and back baskets on my bike, I've installed an adjustable stem to make the seating position more upright and relaxed and added some Ergon GS-1 grips to improve the comfort of the grips. I now use it for the 3km return trip to our local shops which is all on flat pathways, and for that purpose - the lekker works just fine.
J
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No issues here
Editor's Note: This review was actually posted from an IP address in the Netherlands.

Whilst sorry to hear some folks have some poor experiences I am going great. I rack up about +120km/week and have done so since October 2020 here in Brisbane. To be fair I swapped out the display for a 500C colour Display, and I also changed the tyres from the stock ones to a faster rolling Schwalbe Marathon Plus 38c tyre. I have the larger battery and have had no issues. Big fan of the belt drive and in the rain I enjoy the experience even more. Its a "buy" from me if anyone asked, especially for the price as compared to some big brands in numerous ebike stores popping up
CB
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Cycling Mad
Editor's Note: This review was made from an email address that doesn't exist, and although noting that they bought it from a local bike shop, the review was made from an IP address in Melbourne (where there is a Lekker shop).

I got one pre COVID. I'm a crazy mad road cyclist and loved the idea of commuting on one of these beauties. After a bit of adjustment (don't start with a road bike mind-set) I found a very comfortable set up and now love the entire experience. Have added a carrier up front - the load caring capacity is huge, and very stable. Unfortunately I don't commute (as I now work from home 90% of the time), however use it a a run around, up to the supermarket, down to the cafe / pub, scoot along beach tracks or away for the weekend to ride rail trails with my wife (she has a dyson ebike). My inner city hipster son even borrowed it for a month or so - the cool dutch design didn't cramp his style. Not a fast bike, more a cruiser. Well built, robust and solid and at a distance you cant tell its an eBike. Unlike another comment here - I've had both wheels off without major problems (OK its not a road bike quick release .. but not difficult). Agree the shifting experience takes some getting used to however once you remember the routine it works a treat. I had read patchy reviews about the Leckker after sales service, however solved that by purchasing from my local bike shop (rather than Leckker). I've spent plenty with these guys over the years and know they will never let me down ... not that I've needed to take it back for anything. (if you can - always buy from your LBS). Over all I'm very impressed
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Design fault
Good little early review.

I must admit, I liked this bike for the price when I finally received it (also waited interminably for it).

Then I had my first rear puncture. I guess you have also come to realise that the rear wheel will not clear the dropouts unless the rear brake caliper is moved away (the disc fouls on the angle of the caliper).

I have returned the bike due to a major design fault; I cannot be stuck on the side of the trail in winter/rain trying to fix a puncture. At first, Lekker agreed that it was a design fault and agreed to refund...suddenly they have gone quiet.

Tom
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